• Question: What animals have you studied

    Asked by anon-357647 on 15 Mar 2023.
    • Photo: Andrew Wood

      Andrew Wood answered on 15 Mar 2023:

      All sorts! During my different research projects I have worked on different things, from wolves and bears, to bees and chocolate flies! You get to look at different projects by working with different collaborators, and so you can therefore work on lots of different animals to explore different questions!

    • Photo: Alexandra Milliken

      Alexandra Milliken answered on 15 Mar 2023:

      During my undergraduate we studied a whole bunch of animals. For instance, we looked at how ducks feeding patterns work by feeding them peas over different time periods. I also had an entire course based on going to the local zoo and seeing how their conservation efforts are helping the animals out (it was amazing)!

    • Photo: Martin Vickers

      Martin Vickers answered on 15 Mar 2023:

      I don’t study animals very much, however I was involved in some work looking at the epigenetics of Bees.

      Epigenetics is very interesting when looking at bees because the “worker” bees are all genetically identical to one another as they are all from the queen bee. However these worker bees can exhibit completely different traits, despite having exactly the same DNA, and some of those worker bees could even become a queen bee in the right circumstances.

      Epigenetics is the study of how genes respond to behavior and environment and is a really interesting topic in biology.

    • Photo: Ian Adams

      Ian Adams answered on 15 Mar 2023:

      have worked with a student looking at the bacteria in piglet guts and can we make then healthier. Have also worked on studying the fish in rivers and lochs by just looking at the DNA they leave behind. Didn’t find any monster DNA in Loch Ness but lots of cow, sheep and wild cat.

    • Photo: Phil Howell

      Phil Howell answered on 15 Mar 2023:

      Mainly I work on plants, not animals, but when I was at university we did some work on animals too. I remember studying locusts, which are like giant tropical grasshoppers. They can jump a really long way because they have special back legs which help them to store energy and jump further. We measured how far locusts jumped compared to their body size, and then how far we jumped compared to our body size. Humans are rubbish at jumping compared to locusts!